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Orval Abbey

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Address: Notre-Dame d_Orval, Florenvill 6823 , Belgium
Phone Number: +32 61 31 10 60

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Amazing historical site

We found Orval Abbey by chance on our way from Belgium to Switzerland, but then spent the whole day there. It is an exciting historical site well restored, but still preserving a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 August 2016
Rotkreuz, Switzerland
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Looks beautiful from the outside. Didn't realise you only walk amongst the ruins. Secondly don't understand why dogs are not allowed, certainly better behaved than some children, and are allowed in almost every restaurant. Why can they not have a glass wall between visitors and the beer making process, still complies with health and safety. Would make it more interesting.... More 

Thank Doc S
Rotkreuz, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We found Orval Abbey by chance on our way from Belgium to Switzerland, but then spent the whole day there. It is an exciting historical site well restored, but still preserving a flair of ancient ruins with a great history and a lot of interesting exhibitions. Suggest to take an audio guide if you would like to learn moe about... More 

Thank Scarab00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

History, religion, beer, what a combination. Question still open, what was first - will to restore religious site or start to brew trappiste. Nice place, worth to visit every time when you go after the orval beer. Best time to visit, definitely spring, when everything is blooming.

Thank loliksa
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting old site, definitely worth a visit if you are nearby. It would be even more interesting if one could also visit the newer part of the abbey...which is not the cas unless you stay there..

Thank TKBelgium
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Situated in the Ardenes, this is an impressive Abbey and Cistercian Monastery with the monastery area kept private. An interesting peaceful atmosphere as one strolls through this lovely property amongst the ruins and for a small fee visit the museum housed there. Enjoy the Trappiste beer brewed. It must have been a grand property in its heyday. Well worth a... More 

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Ninove, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

For 6 Euro you can see the ruines, the gardens, the beermuseum and the herbal garden. It is extremely quiet and peacefull. I wish we could have visited the brewery and cheese factory. In the shop you can buy 2 x 12 Orval beers per person, but in the abbey itself we were told you could get 4 x 12... More 

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Florida, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Great job of blending the historic past with the modern now. Enjoyed the walk through the ruins. Beautiful grounds with enough facts thrown in to make it interesting. Then down the street to the beer. Very much worth the effort to get there. I mean Orval, on tap!

Thank chawinflut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

This hidden gem is situated along the French/Belgium border, about 40 minutes from Verdun. The abbey shop sells beer by the case - €20 for 12 bottles with a limit of four cases per person. You can also find a selection of glassware, abbey cheese, and literature. The monetary ruins are spectacular! Included in the €6 entry you also get... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

It's a huge abbey now, but this must have been an even grander place in the past. Lovely place to spend a few hours, even when the brewery is closed ;-)

Thank Patrick B
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

In a beautiful and quiet corner in the Belgian Ardennes, the Orval Abbey is a pleasant place for a walk amongst old ruins and to taste some great Trappist beer and cheese. Excellent place for a relaxing afternoon.

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